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Listed French Monument
Immersed In a fairytale setting, Tour Saint Laurent is positioned along the Auvézère River on the perimeter of Ségur-le-Château, designated as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (Most Beautiful Villages in France). Restored by an international architect with a specialty in historic preservation, the building has maintained its original elegance and integrity without forsaking accommodation of modern requirements. This listed historic stone building rises from its site presenting architecturally significant elevations from every vantage point. The front facade is dominated by the magnificent round stone tower, from which Tour Saint Laurent derives its name. This main stair tower projects through the gable and terminates in a conical roof. All the roofs, which have been kept in good repair, are sheathed in local ardoise, a dark gray thick slate. A large stone chimney emerges from the western gable. The habitable space of the building is augmented by a series of terraces, suitable for relaxation or formal entertaining.
Its status as a French Historic Monument allows for certain tax advantages.
The glorious centerpiece of the building is the beautifully crafted original stone spiral stair. Generous in proportion, it has unusually wide treads and comfortably low risers for ease of ascent and descent. Each luminous stone landing leads to a series of rooms beyond, and small details delight along the way.
On the ground floor is a charming bespoke kitchen with a heated stone floor, exposed beams and space for dining. All modern conveniences are provided for, to include an elegant French brass-trimmed Godin stove with double ovens. Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry and cloakroom that provide access to the lower dining terrace and protected walled rock garden. Additionally, a charming windowed "powder room" is conveniently located at this level.
Ascending the stair to the first floor level, one finds a generous salon with an impressive original stone fireplace embellished with a carved coat of arms. The room is well illuminated by casement windows with transoms above and an arched door leading to the rear terrace and rose garden. The exposed wooden beams, richly finished wooden floor, unusual period stone details and ironwork speak to the historic significance and level of craftsmanship in the building. Also located on the first floor is an additional sitting room with east-facing casement windows accessing direct views onto the neighboring 12th century château-fort, the river and a bucolic pasture. When the windows are open, one is delighted by the sound of water flowing over the spillway. This is a space that is comfortable at all times of day, but is particularly luminous in morning light. The room could also serve as an additional bedroom, if desired.
The entire second floor is given to a lavish master bedroom which is served by an en suite bathroom fitted with a tub/shower and a separate generous walk-in dressing room. The hand-crafted walls for both of these spaces were cleverly designed in a style reminiscent of the late Gothic period with elaborately carved details. Bespoke iron sconces in the forms of dragons and fleur-de-lis offer additional illumination to the discretely located ceiling lamps. The west wall is dominated by an original stone fireplace stylistically similar to the fireplace in the salon below. In addition to the south-facing casement windows, French doors lead to an iron-railed balcony, which, as in the sitting room directly below, has the advantage of elevated panoramic views. A door in the north wall leads to a room located above the rear stair tower. This space is wrapped by a clerestory, thereby providing generous north, west and east light in all seasons. The room would serve well as a small study or sitting area and offers perfect light for a painting studio. An additional possibility would be to install a child's crib or small bed. The master bedroom itself is of such grand proportions that consideration could be given to dividing it into an additional bedroom or sitting area.
As in the floor below, the third floor is dedicated to a large bedroom with a dressing room and en suite bathroom. The comfortably proportioned bathroom offers abundant daylight and views over the property and beyond. The largest window in the bedroom overlooks the formal rose garden. As the third floor has window openings on all four facades, it offers an unusual amount of cross-ventilation in warmer weather. Adjacent to the built-in bookcase is an ingenious collapsible wooden stair which leads to the fourth floor turret room with its elaborate original wooden conical framing system. Currently used as additional storage, it could easily be finished into a small sleeping area or study, as it is provided with both heat and electricity. Further storage may be found in the small attic which is located above the sleeping area the bedroom.
The protected medieval village of Ségur-le-Château is located at the gateway to southwest France adjacent to the Périgord Vert. Positioned on the border of the regions of the Limousin and the Aquitaine, the village lies at the intersection of the Departments of the Dordogne, the Correze and the Haute-Vienne. Close to two cities with air and rail connections to both Europe and Great Britain, Ségur is less than an hour south of Limoges and north of Brive-la-Gaillarde. The center of Paris is 4 hours north by automobile and 2.5 hours by train. It is an easy trip south along the A-20 motorway to destinations such as Cahors, Toulouse and Carcassonne and on to the Mediterranean. There is quick access to the new east-west motorway, the A-89, which extends between Bordeaux (and its surrounding vineyards and access to the Atlantic coast) and Lyon, France's second largest city.
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